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Best of NH 2013


24 Hour Play Festival 2013

Meet the writers!

Steven BergmanSteven Bergman’s published short plays include: “History,” “At The Buzzer,” “Rosie, the Teddy Bear” (Brooklyn Publishers),  “Have a Seat, Please,”  and  “Marvin and Julius” (Heuer Publishing), “The Guy Chair,” “Grieving Process,” and the full-length play,  “Cutting the Leash” (JAC Publishing).   Composer: “The Curse is Reversed!” “Jack The Ripper: The Whitechapel Musical,” “Four Kisses”, Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors,”  and Wilson’s “Book of Days.”  For young audiences:  “Melampus” and “Reigning Cats and Dogs,” (for Brooklyn Children’s Theatrer), Adaptations of "Tom and Huck", “Tatterhood,” “King Midas and his Friends,” and "The Pied Piper" (co-written with Christopher DiGrazia and Earl Maulding). Musical Director: Over 100 productions around North America. Keyboardist: "Nunsense Jamboree" (national tour with Georgia Engel, CD/DVD with Vicki Lawrence), as well as national tours of "Sunday in the Park with George", "Dreamgirls", "Guys and Dolls", and "Les Miserables." Steven is a member of Theatre Communications Group, NAfME, NETC and The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc., and teaches Drama and Chorus outside of Boston.

Mark Marshall and Kyp PilalasKyp Pilalas and Mark Marshall shared a dorm room and a hedgehog in college. Now they are sharing a bio and a film company ( They're thrilled to be writing in their 3rd 24 hour play festival as a break from their frequent 48 hour film projects... They don't like to sleep too much.

Lynne SabeanDepending on whom you ask, New Hampshire native Lynne Guimond Sabean is either (1) an attorney who also writes, designs, and snaps pretty pictures or (2) an artist who also happens to practice law. Lynne is a 1985 graduate of Holy Cross College (Worcester, MA), where her studies included coursework in playwriting and costume design.  A 2010 graduate of Franklin Pierce Law Center (now UNH-Law), Lynne resides in Concord, New Hampshire with her husband Darren.

Kelly SmithKelly Smith is thrilled to be a part of theatre KAPOW’s 24 Hour Play Festival 2013. Kelly graduated from Providence College in 2012 with degrees in Theatre and in Writing, where several of her plays including The Saint Cycles and Hannah were produced. She most recently stage managed the Hub Theatre Company’s production of Goodly Creatures and will be reprising that role for their next production of Sand Mountain.

Scott TobinScott Tobin's play Cotton Girls is published by Samuel French and has been produced all over the world and has won several awards.  This year so far, Scott has had new plays produced in Massachusetts, New York, Minnesota, Washington and Houston. He is a VCCA Fellow and a GCAC grant recipient and recently had new work published in the Best Monologues from the Last Frontier Theatre Festival.

Donald TongueDonald Tongue is a New England playwright with four published plays to his credit. His play,Void, has been produced thirteen times with performances in Boston and Los Angeles.  School Portrait Monologues was produced in New Zealand and Fishbowl was part of the 2010 short play festival in New York City at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre. Donald is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America.

Meet the Directors

Tom AnastasiTom Anastasi is experienced in all aspects of theatre.  As a playwright, he has had eighteeen productions of seven plays by nine community and professional groups including a a production in New York City. He won two NH theatre awards for best original play Christmas Stories (music by Peter Bridges) and Lazarus (StageCoach Productions). As an actor he has recieved several NH Theare award nominations for musical and non-musical roles, and has directed plays and musicals including Godspell, Into the Woods, Annie, Role Play, Phantom of the Opry, Christmas Stories, and The Magic of Crime.   Tom teaches playwriting and acting and is vice-president of Manchester Communnity Theatre Players and is an Associate Member of the Drammatists Guild of America

Katelynn DevorakKatelynn Devorak is a New Hampshire based director, actor, and theater artist. A recent graduate in theater arts, archaeology, and medieval studies from Drew University in New Jersey, Katelynn is ecstatic to be working again in the New England area. Past directing work includes Trifles by Susan Glaspell; Two Face, an original play by New York-based writer Lee Ann Hoover; and several staged readings of new works by budding playwrights in New York and New Jersey.

Aaron FossAaron Foss is a freelance writer and Salem, NH native. He has been acting and directing in the NH/MA theater community for the last 15 years. His directing credits include The Eight: Reindeer Monologues by Jeff Goode, The Shape of Things by Neil Labute, Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead by Bert V. Royal, Bug by Tracy Letts, Tennessee by Romulus Linney, and the independent film, Kershaw. He most recently began writing a new web series to be filmed in New Hampshire.

Joe PelonziJoe Pelonzi is from Hudson NH and is thrilled to be involved with the 24 Hour Play Festival again. Joe performed as an actor in the inaugural festival and returned last year to direct. Joe is very active in community theater, currently cast in In-Laws, Outlaws and Other People Who Should be Shot (in Bedford), was seen as Bartlett in 1776 this past July. In the last year he has also directed Duck Hunter Shoots Angel for Bedford (spring) and Devil Boys from Beyond for Ghostlight Theater of NE (last Fall).

Deb ShawDeborah Shaw is extremely involved in NH theatre as a director, actor, set designer, and producer.  She has been recognized as a finalist many times by the NH Theatre Awards, winning individual awards for her directing and acting, as well as being the director and set designer of the best productions of 2008 and 2009. Some of the shows that Ms. Shaw has directed are Crimes of the Heart, Last of the Red  Hot Lovers, Little Women the musical, Enchanted April, All My Sons, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Crossing Delancey, Almost, Maine, Art of Murder, and Company. She began by directing one act plays and continues to direct one acts, monologue productions, and staged readings.

Wanda StrukusWanda Strukus produces, directs and devises physical theater and dance in traditional and site-specific settings. Recent projects include choreographing The Threepenny Opera for the New Center Stage (Yellow Springs, OH) and co-producing and curating the award-winning Dance in the Fells, a festival of site-specific dance in the woods of Eastern Massachusetts. She has directed, choreographed, and facilitated devised theater projects in theaters, art galleries, parks, abandoned buildings, and universities throughout New England and currently facilitates devised theatre workshops at KCACTF and teaches modern dance and composition at Clark University. She is an alumna of the Jacob’s Pillow Choreographer/Director Lab, and performs with Daniel McCusker Dance Projects and Brain Crabtree and Dancers.

The Actors
Claire Amirault
Ben Bagley
Neal Blaiklock
Jeff Bowden
Joel Breen
Lucas Breen
Rebekah Carrow
Linda Chase
Aaron Compagna
Deb Doda
Olivia Dodd
Molly Eliza Donlan
Brian Foulkes
Rich Hurley
Christine LaPlante
Kelly Litt
Rachael Longo
Kathryn Perry
Kyp Pilalas
Anja Ward